Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative | September 2019 Bulletin
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Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
September 30, 2019 Bulletin

Moco Los Angeles: Introducing Our Speakers

In its seventh colloqiuim, MoCo Los Angeles, MOBI brings trust to smart cities by bringing together the biggest names in mobility and blockchain from both the public and private sectors. With the conference coming up in less than two months, we want to offer all of our MOBI Bulletin readers a discount code.

Use the promo code "BULLETIN2019" when you register by October 12 on and get 20% off single standard tickets to MoCo Los Angeles.

Don't miss out on our roster of amazing speakers, including Ted Ross, CIO of the City of Los Angeles, Johaness Klepsch, Data Scientist and Blockchain Engineer at BMW Group, and Jim Adler, Founding Managing Director and Board Member at Toyota AI Ventures. Read a little bit about them below:
Ted Ross is CIO for the City of Los Angeles and General Manager of the Information Technology Agency (ITA). His department of 450 employees delivers enterprise IT services to 48,000 employees across 41 City departments and digital services to over 4 million residents. Appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2015, Ted has over 21 years of private and public sector technology experience, earning various awards along the way, including #1 Digital City, Top 25 Doer & Dreamer, and CIO of the Year according to LA Business Journal. Ted Ross will be speaking in the MOBI: The New Economy of Movement session.
Johannes Klepsch is Product Owner for DLT Consulting and Collaboration at BMW Group. In his role, he advises BMW departments for the adoption of blockchain use cases, and drives collaboration with stakeholders in the mobility ecosystem. Johannes holds a PhD in Mathematics from Technical University Munich. He has a background in data science and is excited by the opportunities decentralization brings to machine learning and mobility. Johannes Klepsch will be speaking in the Blockchain and Mobility Macrotrends session.
Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, and an executive advisor at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jim Adler will also be speaking in the Blockchain and Mobility Macrotrends session.

Community Corner: Welcome Our New Members

Citopia: Nearing the End of MOBI Grand Challenge Phase II

We're nearing the end of our Citopia hackathon for smart city infrastructure! If you're still interested in entering – you can submit a video outlining your blockchain solution to urban problems by the deadline and continue coding until November 12, MoCo Los Angeles, which will mark the end of the second phase of the MOBI Grand Challenge.

Amazon Web Services has offered free AWS credits to our developers as they code their projects! Don't miss out on prizes from Amazon Web Services, Ocean Protocol, R3, and more!

Submit your blockchain dApps by October 2nd at 8pm EDT to For any questions about the challenge, email

In the News: Mobility and Smart Cities

Cities first: How to end the shared mobility ‘tug of war’ [September 25, 2019] Scott Shepard, Chief Commercial Officer, Free2Move, highlights lessons learned in Europe and North America about how to succeed with shared mobility so that cities can leverage the best from mobility innovations and investments.

Ford begins testing autonomous cars in Austin [September 25, 2019] Self-driving cars are coming to Austin public roads, courtesy of Ford. The automaker today announced that it’s expanding its autonomous vehicle program in collaboration with Argo AI to the Texas city, its third deployment after Miami-Dade County and Washington, D.C.

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Benefits of joining MOBI

Joining MOBI gives you and your organization access to our robust community, projects, and more!

You will have the opportunity to...

  • Present and participate in Innovation Calls featuring a presentation from a member of the community about their organization
  • Attend global Colloquiums to network and brainstorm with organizations who share MOBI’s vision of the future of mobility
  • Use the MOBI online network to promote your organization’s relevant products, events, and updates
  • Participate in formulating the standards for blockchain related products in mobility as a part of our working groups
  • Be part of a community that shares the same passion, drive, and range of expertise in the field of mobility!
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